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Southampton UCU General meeting – 12pm 9 November


The coming year is going to be very busy for Southampton University UCU.

The new University Strategy puts many jobs at risk and we have to decide the Union’s approach to the proposed changes.  At a national level, we have the ongoing Industrial Dispute, along with extra pressures from EU exit and the Higher Education Bill.

We will be holding our General Meeting on Wednesday 9 November in room 58/1007 (Murray Building L/T C) from 12pm – 1.30pm.  Please join us for lunch and help guide the direction of Southampton University UCU over the coming months.  For catering purposes please email your attendance and any dietary requirements by Friday 4 November to Amanda at

We look forward to seeing you there.


Fighting racism in Southampton – 1 October 2016

The following message is sent on behalf of Southampton and South West Hampshire Trades Union Council

We have had news that the same group of Fascists that came to Southampton in July this year are planning to return this Saturday 1st October 2016. They are planning to hold an anti-immigrant protest under the banner ‘White Lives Matter’ but they have not publicised where or when in our city they plan to do this. Information will come out nearer the time but what we do know is that this is not a solitary event they propose but one of many and they have also announced an event in Portsmouth along the same lines to take place the week after on 8th October.

There is a proposal for those interested in a counter-demonstration as we had in July to meet at the Bargate at 11am in the city centre. It may be a ‘false flag’ operation with a no-show from the Fascists but just in case many want to meet and be prepared should they do. All are invited to come along as last time and Police have been made aware so should be in attendance also.

There is a meeting to discuss this on Tuesday evening held by Southampton Stand Up To Racism at 7pm in the West Itchen Community Trust, Ropewalk Centre, 53 Derby Road, Southampton, SO14 0DJ. All are welcome!

Open meeting for academic-related, professional staff

Dear colleagues

UCU is holding a meeting for academic-related professional staff at levels 4 and above on Wednesday 27 July from 12- 1.30 pm in room 32/3077.  We would like to provide an opportunity to discuss issues that are specific to you and to understand how UCU can work to improve working conditions for you at the University.

A light lunch will be provided so if you wish to attend please email Amanda at so we can cater accordingly.

Many thanks

Today’s general meeting

Thank you all for coming to today’s General Meeting in building 45. I hope you found it interesting and useful. This has been a busy week for your branch committee; events in Modern Languages have been moving quickly.

I have uploaded the slides from the meeting, complete with the motions as amended. Please:

  • continue to let Amanda know any information you find out about changes to working practices, or anything else you think important;
  • tell us how you got on with the new L4-6 appraisal. Was teaching given due prominence?
  • Think about coming to UCU Congress as a delegate, and
  • prepare to take action to support our pay claim.

Remember that changes to USS pensions and National Insurance will cost you money this year. Colleagues in the Final Salary scheme will pay 0.5% more; newer colleagues in CRB will pay an extra 1.5%. And you will lose about a further £500 in NI payments. So, if we don’t receive at least a 2% pay rise, many of us will actually be paid less in the coming year.

Denis Nicole
Branch President

Southampton UCU General Meeting – 1pm, 3 December

Please come and join us at the next UCU General Meeting which is being held from 1pm – 2.30pm on Thursday 3 December in room 2/1085, Highfield campus.  The theme of the meeting is Workloads and Wellbeing and we are delighted that Professor Adam Wheeler, DVC University of Southampton, and Shruti Verma, Vice President Education SUSU will be joining us to address our members.  There will be an opportunity for open discussion at the meeting and we hope that many of you will come along and share your views.

Special General Meeting – USS proposed changes

Southampton UCU held a special General meeting on 11 September to highlight the proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.  The meeting was attended by approximately 60 members and provoked a lively and interesting debate with members who showed real concern about the impact of the proposals.  After all, your pension is deferred pay – it is part of your overall pay package.

The Employers’ consultation is based on a Hybrid.  This will redefine the way that the salary link for past service is worked out from a link to the individual members’ final salary to CPI.  All future service (for all members) will be based on a core defined benefit scheme modelled on the current career-average scheme for new starters up to a cap (the example given is £40k).  Above the cap, members and employers could contribute to a defined contribution scheme.

The powerpoint presentation can be found here:

140911 Southampton UCU GM on USS

A UCU conference on USS has been called for Friday 19 September to discuss these proposals and to plan our way forward.  We will update members following this meeting.

We cannot stress enough that if these proposals go ahead they will have a serious impact on YOUR pension.  Please encourage your non-member colleagues to join UCU – the more members we have the stronger the voice.


Southampton UCU Annual General Meeting – 1.00pm, 19 June 2014

USS pension scheme – more proposed changes afoot

Members of Southampton UCU are invited to attend the branch Annual General Meeting which is being held from 1.00pm – 2.30pm on Thursday 19 June in room 34/3001 (education building), Highfield.

The meeting will discuss the rumoured proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.  These changes, if implemented, will have serious implications for your pensions and we would like an opportunity to hear your views.  We shall be joined by Dennis Leech, Professor of Economics at Warwick University, who will discuss the potential impact of these changes and what this means to you. 

The recent Times Higher article discusses the end of final salary pension and a move to the career average scheme, a cut of 6% in pension received under the CARE scheme and an increase in pension contributions.   Read it here: 

Please come along and join in the discussion.

Also at the meeting, we shall be electing officers to the local Executive committee.  If you would like to nominate yourself for one of the posts please contact Amanda at for a nomination form.  Posts for election are:  President, Honorary Secretary, Membership and campaigns secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Safety officer, Environmental officer, Equality officer, fixed term contract officer, postgraduate and SUSU liaison officer, academic-related staff officer, and four ordinary member posts. 

We look forward to seeing you on 19 June.

Southampton UCU General meeting – 1pm Weds 26 March, room 27/2003

The next UCU General meeting is taking place on Wednesday 26 March from 1.00pm – 2.30pm in room 27/2003.  The main topic of the meeting will be the upcoming marking boycott and we shall be joined by Terry Hoad, UCU HE committee member.  We would encourage you to come along and share your views with us.


Members are invited to meet with UCU’s National Pensions Official, Geraldine Egan, on 21 January at University of Winchester, 11.30am, The Boardroom, University Reception.   

Geraldine will be giving a short overview of UCU’s campaign to reverse the changes to the TPS and USS pensions and to comment on the future of FE and HE pensions in the longer term.  This will be followed by a question & answer session

ALL UCU members are welcome

More details can be obtained from the branch secretary, or 07911 – 737960

Please confirm your intention to attend by emailing

Southampton UCU General meeting – 1pm Wedneday 27 November

Dear members

Southampton UCU will be holding the next General Meeting on Wednesday  27 November from 1.00 – 2.30pm in room 45/2040 Lecture room A.

The discussion at the meeting will consider the broad theme of “Investing in Staff”.  This will include an update on the current pay claim and Action Short of a Strike and planned Strike action in support of the pay claim. We have invited a speaker from the National Executive Committee of UCU and will confirm details soon. 

As well as this pressing matter we would also like to discuss some of the issues raised by the UCU survey of staff and other activity in the University captured by the theme ‘making the university a better place to work’.  In particular we would like to explore ways of encouraging the University to invest in and value its staff including ideas on local campaigns such as ‘reclaim your lunch hour’ and more social spaces for staff.   We value your views and ideas so please come along and share them with us.

If you would like to submit any motions for consideration at the meeting, please send these to by Friday 22 November.